Design Guidance for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Overview

In a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops design, there are multiple paths you can take to create a solution that aligns with the user requirements. The following guidance focuses on those areas that are critical for almost every design, regardless of scenario. Additional, and often more advanced, topics can be found in the Advanced Concepts section.

Step 1: Delivery Models

A Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solution can take on many delivery forms. The organization’s business objectives help select the right approach as the different models impact the local IT team’s management scope. Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops management scope changes based on using a locally managed deployment, a cloud service deployment and a cloud managed deployment.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Delivery Model Comparison

Step 2: Desktop Models

Selecting the best virtual desktop model starts with properly defining user groups and aligning the requirements with the capabilities of the virtual desktop models. Learn how different factors play a role in selecting the correct virtual desktop model for a user group.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Virtual Desktop Model Comparison

Step 3: Image Management

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops utilizes two different image management models: Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services. Learn about the different decision factors involved in choosing the right provisioning model for image management.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Image Management Provisioning Model Comparison

Step 4: Single Server Scalability

In the early stages of design, administrators need to create a rough estimate on the overall scale of the end solution based on users and workload. Learn how to calculate an estimate for how many users you can have on a single server, what are the different variables that have an impact on scalability and recommendations to improve it.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Server Sizing Considerations for On-Premises Deployments
  Design Guidance Read more: Sizing Considerations for Azure Instances

Step 5: Bandwidth Requirements

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  Design Guidance Read More: Estimating User Bandwidth Requirements

Step 6: Microsoft 365

Historically, Microsoft Office is one of the most common applications delivered via Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. This is due to its ability to provide the user with the latest version of Office with the best user experience for a wide range of use cases. With Microsoft 365, the value of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has not changed. To deliver Microsoft 365 to users properly, we provide the following recommendations to enable an optimized user experience while minimizing the potential impact to the underlying infrastructure.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Microsoft 365 with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Step 7: Baseline Policy Design

Policies provide the basis to configure and fine-tune Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments, allowing organizations to control connection, security, and bandwidth settings based on various combinations of users, devices, or connection types. Learn about the different decisions related to the baseline policy design.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Baseline Policy Design

Step 8: Baseline Printing Design

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops supports various printing solutions. It is essential to understand the available technologies and their benefits and limitations to plan and successfully implement the proper printing solution.

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  Design Guidance Read more: Baseline Printing Design
 

Step 9: Fault Tolerance

Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Cloud services are architected and built for resiliency. Understand how Service Continuity features enable users to connect to the resources that are accessible even if some or all of the cloud services are unreachable. Learn how local host cache helps provide high availability in the event of a service issue

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  Design Guidance Read more: Citrix Cloud Service Resiliency
  Design Guidance Read more: Local Host Cache
Design Guidance for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops